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Great Books Guide 2017: for children aged 0-3

Baby's First Days: On the Move

The Great Books Guide is published as part of Children's Book Week, a celebration of reading for pleasure at school.

Here's a round-up of books from over the last year (2017), which we think any child will love.

These are perfect for parents and carers to share with younger children (3 and under) to get them hooked on books from an early age.

Check out the full Great Books Guide

  • A Busy Day for Birds

    Author: Lucy Cousins
    Publisher: Walker Books

    This is a bright, lively book, full of cheerful rhyme about the many different kinds of birds in the world. It is drawn with very distinct pop-art colours that really zing and grab your attention from the get-go. 

  • Baby's First Days: On the Move

    Author: Pat-a-Cake Illustrator: Mojca Dolinar
    Publisher: Pat-a-Cake

    The visual black, white and red design of this lovely board book about transport will fascinate toddlers. It's been specially made with high contrasting colours and simple patterns to stimulate a baby's developing vision.

  • Baby’s Very First Play Book: shop words

    Author: Fiona Watt Illustrator: Stella Baggott
    Publisher: Usborne

    Each colourful page in this lovely interactive book is bursting with new words and fun games to help young readers learn about different shops and what can be found within them. A great tool to help children learn new vocabulary.

  • Bathtime for Little Rabbit

    Author: Jörg Mühle Illustrator: Eve Erikson Translator: Catherine Chidgey
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    It's Little Rabbit's bathtime, but he's going to need some help! Everything about this book is deliciously simple and sweet. Since it's lightly interactive, it's also a nice way to give control back to the child if the bedtime routine is becoming another battle.

  • Everybunny Dance!

    Author: Ellie Sandall
    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    As a group of exuberant bunnies dance, sing, make music and generally have lots of fun, a fox watches them from afar. The rhyming text skips along and is complemented by joyous illustrations, full of warmth, colour and humour.

  • Fruit in Suits

    Author: Jared Chapman
    Publisher: Abrams

    It's time to go swimming, and everyone has a different swimming suit. The quirky twist is that all the keen swimmers are... Items of fruit! This book is very, very silly but has oodles of charm, with an underlying message about difference and having fun.

  • Kiki and Bobo’s Sunny Day

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Kiki and Bobo have decided to go to the seaside for the day. A lovely book with bright, welcoming illustrations and clever lift-the-flaps. The perfect read for holidays.

  • Lois Looks for Bob at the Park

    Author: Gerry Turley
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Lois searches for her best friend Bob the Budgie in this retro-style lift-the-flap book that both grown-ups and little ones will enjoy.

  • Making Faces: A Book Of Emotions

    Author: Abrams with photographs by Molly Magnuson and book design by Alyssa Nassner
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Babies can be sad, angry, happy, surprised and silly – can you tell which is which? A fun and absorbing game of "Snap", this book encourages little ones to study faces and think about feelings and how to identify them from a very young age.

  • Quiet!

    Author: Kate Alizadeh
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    A small child takes us on an auditory tour of her home in this delightful picture of family life, ingeniously interpreted through its sounds. It's a book that radiates comfort, security, warmth and love.

  • Super Rabbit

    Author: Stephanie Blake
    Publisher: Gecko Press

    Super Rabbit – complete with cape and mask – isn't little. He fights supervillains! But when he gets a splinter (otherwise known as a Super Sword) stuck in his finger, he needs his mum to help him out. Bright and funny and perfect for little heroes. 

  • This Bear, That Bear

    Author: Sian Wheatcroft
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    There's a bear parade and every bear you can imagine is there! This lovely singsong text has a rhythm reminiscent of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. It brims with alliteration and internal rhyme and is incredibly fun to read aloud.